The project aims to improve the quality of prevention programmes targeting children and young people living with kinship carers, thus preventing vulnerable children and young people from experiencing harm as a consequence of alcohol or drug use.
Children and young people who are brought up by carers other than their parents can be particularly vulnerable to drug and alcohol related harm. This project proposes to reduce the potential for drug and alcohol related harm to these children and young people by supporting those caring for them.
The main methods and means used to achieve the objectives will be to undertake a comprehensive literature review to undertake research by listening to the needs and experiences of kinship carers and children in their care across the EU to pilot responses to help kinship carers protect children from harm to develop a resource pack for kinship carers- to develop a training pack for professionals- to launch a Europe wide kinship carers network.
The project expects to improve young people`s access to prevention programmes that work and that are based on a strong evidence and good practice. It will also contribute to better knowledge of kinship carers on how to help prevent harm to children and young people and to better information available to professionals to work effectively to deliver prevention programmes to families that include a kinship carer.